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Harr, Jenifer J.; Oliver, Deborah F.; Ramanathan, Arun; Socias, Miguel – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
Special education service delivery is often the source of disputes between parents and districts and an issue in special education class-action lawsuits. Despite these controversies, there has been little large-scale research on the delivery of services. This study represents a large-scale assessment of the delivery of special education services…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, School Districts, Special Education
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Hernandez, Jaime E.; Ramanathan, Arun K.; Harr, Jenifer; Socias, Miguel – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
The phenomenon of persistent disproportionate representation of minority students in special education is now entering its fourth decade. Disproportionality is well documented in the literature and has been the focus of attention from federal agencies, including the Office of Civil Rights and the Office of Special Education Programs. In an effort…
Descriptors: African American Students, Urban Schools, Intervention, Emotional Disturbances
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Hernandez, Jaime E.; Harry, Beth; Newman, Lynn; Cameto, Renee – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
The parent-school relationship for families of students with disabilities is clearly prescribed by law and is one of the main tenets of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 2004 (Newman, Cameto, & Hernandez, 2005). The measurement of this relationship presents a challenge in the context of what is meaningful participation,…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, Parent Participation, Family Involvement, Satisfaction
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Riley, David P. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
Five years ago, the "Journal of Special Education Leadership" (JSEL) dedicated a special issue to "Critical Issues in Urban Special Education" and offered insights into the challenges of special education leadership in urban school districts. These perspectives focused on access to the curriculum, school-wide behavior supports,…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Suspension, Disproportionate Representation, School Districts
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Billingsley, Bonnie S. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
In this case study, special educators left an urban district primarily because of personal reasons, dissatisfaction, and more attractive opportunities elsewhere. Findings suggest that the district might retain more teachers by designing responsive induction programs, improving work conditions, and providing teachers with opportunities to transfer…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Teacher Persistence, Special Education Teachers, Faculty Mobility
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Collins, Jeanne – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
The author recently left her position as special services director in an urban school district in Vermont, a state that embraces inclusion for students with disabilities, to accept the position of superintendent of schools in the same district. The new job requires overseeing the educational mission of six elementary schools, two middle schools, a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Middle Schools, Disabilities, Special Education
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Nagle, Katherine M.; Crawford, Jinny – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
Despite differences in geographic location, district size, and student characteristics, district special education leaders reflected similar views on opportunities and challenges of NCLBA. Challenges included making AYP, meeting the highly qualified teacher requirement, addressing budget shortfalls, aligning of federal policies, predicting the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Improvement, Educational Finance, Geographic Location
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Morocco, Catherine Cobb; Walker, Andrea; Lewis, Leslie R. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This article discusses how an urban middle school designed to reflect a Schools for Thought model has demonstrated that urban schools can achieve excellent results on statewide testing for all students, including those with disabilities. Key school features are highlighted, including the use of "cross-talk" to stimulate discussion and student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design
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Klingner, Janette K.; Harry, Beth; Felton, Ronald K. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
A study involving 12 elementary schools investigated hiring and placement decisions of school district-level personnel and principals. Findings indicate inequities in the quality of leadership and instruction in the inner-city schools exacerbate efforts to reduce disproportionate placements of culturally and linguistically diverse children into…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disproportionate Representation, Elementary Education, Minority Group Children
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Parrish, Thomas B.; Bitter, Catherine Sousa – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This article discusses how the concept of efficiency in special education services is translated into specific practices. A paradigm is presented that quantifies a measure of student need, ties school allocations to student needs, tracks actual expenditures on special education, and links those expenditures to quantifiable measures of student…
Descriptors: Accountability, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Efficiency
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Kozleski, Elizabeth; Gamm, Sue; Radner, Barbara – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This article discusses urban teacher shortages, the interaction between poverty, ethnicity, and academic performance, and how licensure contributes to poor results in urban schools. Two partnerships between local universities and school districts to address these shortages are described. The need to prepare general and special education teachers…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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March, Robert; Hawken, Leanne; Green, Judith – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This article presents the challenges that urban special education administrators face in serving students with frequent behavior problems. New strategies for creating supportive environments are shared, including creating a positive school climate, increasing capacity to initiate and maintain research-validated practices, and implementing programs…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems, Disabilities, Educational Environment
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Zabel, Robert H.; Zabel, Mary Kay – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2002
A survey of 298 teachers found a relationship between burnout and teachers' perceptions of support from administrators and parents. It also found differing perceptions of support by teachers in urban, rural, and suburban locales. Results suggest the need for special education administrators to provide explicit support for special education…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Rural Schools, Special Education Teachers